The residents of the village of Belkuchi Paschimpara located in Dhunot upazila in Bogra did not expect human remains to be part of the harvest.
Farmer Altaf Hossain had hired six labours Monday morning to harvest the season’s Boro crop. The land was not his own, he had rented it from his neighbour Momtazur Rahman.
Raees Uddin, one of the hired labours, saw a fresh mound. As he approached it, a stench of decay and death assailed his nostrils. He called up the others and began to dig.
The very first scoop of the shovel revealed a human skull and some bones hastily buried beneath the soil.
The labours informed Altaf who in turn called the police. Around 5pm in the afternoon, the police arrived and collected the skull and nine bones including the ulna (forearm bone) and the tibia (foreleg bone). The police also found a torn up lungi buried nearby.
The case of the missing 100-year-old
Sahera Khatun, a woman in her late 50s, claimed that the remains were of her husband Noba Akand, a resident of the nearby Chalapara village. She claimed the uncovered lungi belonged to Noba.
Noba, an elderly man in his 100s, has been missing for the past 12 days, as Sahera claims.
Local villagers did not ignore her story outright, but suggested the remains might have been buried in the plot of land after a murder was committed elsewhere.
Dhunot police Officer-in-Charge Mizanur Rahman on the other hand said the remains appear to be at least four months old.
“But we are not going to ignore Sahera’s claims. We have sent the bones and skull to the forensics for initial examination and then we will do DNA tests if necessary.